March 2nd 2016 marked 100 years since the first inclusive right of conscientious objection became law in the United Kingdom.
To commemorate the centenary, the NGO Conscience: Taxes for Peace not War, hosted a discussion evening featuring MPs from three different parties and Sir Richard Jolly, a former United Nations Assistant Secretary General.
It also served as the launch of the ‘Taxes for Peace Bill’ legislation which would bring conscientious objection into the 21st century by allowing people who object to funding war to re-direct the military portion of their taxes to non-violent methods of sustaining our national security. . . [Full text]